Arriva opens new Tunbridge Wells depot

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Kevin O’Connor, Managing Director of Arriva UK Bus (left), with Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Local MP and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, has officially opened the new Arriva Kent and Surrey bus depot in Tunbridge Wells.

Representatives from local schools and other community groups were in attendance at the event and watched Greg Clark as he revealed a glass commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the new depot.

Greg Clark MP commented: “We are all absolutely delighted that Arriva decided to invest in Tunbridge Wells by building its new depot here.

“Not only does it mean that we benefit in terms of improved local bus services but it also means more local jobs.

“Arriva is also investing in the next generation by providing apprenticeship opportunities at the new depot.”

Oliver Monahan, Area Managing Director for Arriva Kent and Surrey, added: “The opening of our long awaited new depot marks the start of some brilliant service updates in the area.

“We’re thrilled that Greg could attend to launch the new site and it was great to have local councillors and stakeholders in attendance on the day.

“Feedback from local customers and councillors is extremely important to us and the new depot, coupled with our network changes in the area, will mean we’re maximising the customer experience, ensuring we build on customer satisfaction going forward.”

After Greg Clark MP unveiled the commemorative plaque, guests were given a tour of Arriva’s new facilities by its engineering apprentices.

On Sunday, May 27, Arriva will be holding a free ‘Family Fun Day’ at the new depot.

The event will include a gin bar, sausage and mash, bouncy castle, penalty shootout and gladiator duel, amongst other activities.